“If and when I die, please ship my body to Roscoe, Ill. No autopsy. Correspond with Roy Cummings, Roscoe, a cousin. No funeral here. Money in the brief case can be used for immediate expenses. Thank you. Please embalm in Boulder, Colo. (Signed) Fred Lundy.” There was $850.00.
There is no known record of Roy’s reaction of receiving news of his cousin’s death.
Much mystery surrounds the death of his cousin Fred. The article shown below from June 1947 describes the gruesome story of the death of his two friends, sisters, that were found shot in the head. Emily Griffith, famed Denver educator, and her sister Florence were found dead in the mountain cabin built by Lundy. Dinner had been set for three. Not long before, Emily had been seen carrying groceries from a small store to the cabin. Lundy was seen sitting on the porch. Within 20 minutes, neighbors saw Lundy take his car and drive off.
Before reading more, remember everyone is “innocent until proven guilty”. A 2013 article, yes 66 years later, concludes that there are other suspects that stood to benefit from the death of these sisters.
After a lack of activity the following day, neighbors investigated and found the bodies of the sisters. Denver police broadcast a statewide pickup call for Lundy and asked Los Angeles, San Francisco and Salt Lake City police to spread the alert.
It wasn’t until nearly two months later, on August 16, 1947, a fisherman waded into South Boulder Creek and poked his fishing pole at a carcass he’d found wedged beneath a rock. He was standing on a boulder midstream, and at first he thought it was a dead animal—until he saw the legs. The body was so badly decomposed that the face was unrecognizable. Most of the person’s clothing had been ripped off by the water.
The loose-rock riverbank near Pinecliffe was soon crowded with Denver detectives, the Boulder County deputy coroner, and the local sheriff. It took nearly an hour to hoist the body from the water. The coroner could still make out a slight indentation on the male victim’s right thumb. That, and the partial dental plate on the lower jaw, would help identify Fred Wright Lundy.
Article from the Dixon Evening Telegraph
An Angel Silenced: Sixty-five years after her death, Emily Griffith’s legacy still influences Denver.
Lundy’s biography from: Documentation of Historic Properties in the Gilpin Tunnel District, Gilpin County, Colorado
Born in Kansas in 1887, Fred Lundy spent most of his younger life in the city of Chicago. Sometime between 1900 and 1919 Fred Lundy relocated to Denver, Colorado and began working as a carpentry teacher at the famed Opportunity School founded by Emily Griffith. Soon an intimate relationship developed between Lundy and Ms. Griffith and the two thought to retire to Pinecliffe, where Lundy had been vacationing for years. Upon arriving Fred used his carpentry skills to build Emily along with her younger sister Florence a cabin at 174 Main Street in Pinecliffe in 1925. Fred Lundy too resided here while he constructed his own cabin at 4142 Coal Creek Canyon Road on property owned by E.P. Klein.
For some time after arriving Fred Lundy was known for curiously disappearing into the surrounding woods for several days at a time, and returning lighthearted and sociable. In 1935 it was discovered he had located the Miranda Placer deposit and was busily and secretly extracting gold from his find. He eventually amassed a small fortune, and by 1947 he had gathered approximately 8,000 dollars. He and Emily then decided they would leave on a trip for some time, leaving their cabins behind. Before they could depart however tragedy struck Fred Lundy and Emily Griffith.